The smug style, at bottom, is a failure of empathy. Further: It is a failure to believe that empathy has any value at all. It is the notion that anybody worthy of liberal time and attention and respect must capitulate, immediately, to the Good Facts. If they don't (and they won't) you're free to write them off and mock them. When they suffer, it's their just desserts. Make no mistake: I am not suggesting that liberals adopt a fuzzy, gentler version of their politics. I am not suggesting they compromise their issues for the sake of playing nice. What I am suggesting is that the battles waged by liberalism have drifted far away from their old egalitarian intentions.
Mic drop. Everything you needed to know, to prevent the Trump era from happening, right here. And lessons for today. The smug still aren't listening ... too busy hammering their compatriots' ears about "them". Thanks for the reminder, Ray!